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made her debut this morning. she's about seven months old and only the size of a fist. so far the baby doesn't have a name. it's the first one born here at the zoo in 11 years. we're coming back at 6:00. see you then. >> couric: tonight, as congress examines whether some american muslims are being radicalized, an emotional tribute to one who died a hero on 9/11. >> but as an american who gave everything for his fellow americans. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight the white house takes on bullying as the most powerful man in the world reveals he was a victim and cyber bullying that didn't stop even after a teenager took her own life. dangerous weather. deadly tornadoes in the south, as waters rise in the east and midwest. and she's out to prevent the heartbreaking deaths of teenage athletes. captioning sponsored by cbs
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from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it was an emotional day on capitol hill as the chairman of the house homeland security committee opened a hearing that focused on terrorism and the involvement of some american muslims. critics say that by holding the hearing, peter king is unfairly demonizing an entire religion. king contends muslim americans are not doing enough to fight terrorism or to keep young muslims from being drawn into it. we have two reports tonight, first congressional correspondent nancy cordes who was at today's hearings. >> reporter: ignoring calls from democrats to cancel his hearing, homeland security chairman peter king embarked on the inquiry in a room newly decorated with fiery images from 9/11. the republican invited three
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people to testify-- all of whom share his view that some muslim american leaders aren't cooperating with law enforcement. >> it is about that separatism, that idea that the islamic state takes precedent, islamic law takes precedent over american law. >> reporter: two of the men have relatives who were recruited by terrorists. >> and when you brought that to the attention of members of... of leaders of your mosque, did they encourage you to deal with law enforcement? >> no, as a matter of fact, they threatened me, intimidated me, and not only me, the whole family. >> reporter: from the start, democrats called the hearing an abuse of power. >> clearly this committee is setting a dangerous precedent in treating one religious group different than another. >> reporter: but republicans say a spike in u.s. jihadist terror plots justify their focus. between may of 2009 and november, 2010, arrests were made for 22 such plots-- more than in the previous seven years combined. >> there is that small element in the community that's radicalizing.
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>> reporter: poisoning the atmosphere was king's own past assertion-- that most u.s. mosques are run by radicals. >> cleaning a dirty kitchen you can't clean it with dirty water. >> reporter: king is from long island and his relations with muslim leaders there deteriorated after 9/11. >> we have some serious concerns because congressman king has been a muslim basher. >> reporter: keith ellison, one of two muslim congressmen, broke down as he recalled a paramedic killed on 9/11 who was later smeared because of his muslim faith. >> his life should not be identified as just a member of the ethnic group or just a member of a religion. >> reporter: despite the tension, king called this his happiest day. >> i challenge anyone to find anything that was improper about today's hearing. >> reporter: in fact, he says, he's motivated to hold more hearings on the topic. the next one, he says, will focus on radicalization in
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prisons. katie? >> couric: nancy cordes. nancy, thanks very much. underscoring congressman king's position is the case of major nidal hasan, the american-born muslim behind the fort hood massacre. today the army secretary reprimanded nine officers for giving hasan positive reports and promoting him despite his marginal performance and anti- american rhetoric. despite the hasan case, despite the congressional hearings, most of the more than two and a half million muslims living in this country want it known they are patriotic americans. seth doane traveled to tennessee to get reaction from one muslim family. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag... >> reporter: every morning at his murfreesboro, tennessee, middle school... >> one nation under god... >> reporter: ... 14-year-old salim sbenaty honors his country. but today while he was taking his english exam, lawmakers on capitol hill were examining extremists within his religion, islam. >> we're not some crazy radical... we're regular people. we're like the average joes.
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>> reporter: the sbenaty family is getting tired of defending their religion. these hearings on capitol hill aren't targeting you, your family, really, are they? >> well, in a sense they are. you know, they're associating the religion with terrorism. >> if the mosque itself, the place of worship, is labeled as radical, then if i go there, i'm going to be radical as well. >> reporter: there are about 250 muslim families in this town of about 100,000 people. they say they've lived here in peace for decades until last year when the proposed expansion of a mosque inflamed emotions. it was last fall as controversy also swirled around the proposed islamic center near ground zero that we first visited the sbenatys. since we met last, have things gotten better? >> i wish. it's like a roller coaster ride unfortunately. >> reporter: for instance, two tennessee lawmakers recently
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introduced a bill that criminalizes some aspects of shariah or islamic law. can you understand how some americans would be scared, would be fearful of islamic radicals? >> i do. definitely. i'm afraid of radicals. i mean, everybody should be afraid of radicals. but we've got to understand that my religion, islam, has nothing to do with these people. they've convoluted it. >> reporter: in this family, today's hearings have simply fueled fatigue. >> you know, what else can you do? what else can you say? >> reporter: a lot has been said, but both sides may wonder if the other is listening. seth doane, cbs news, murfreesboro, tennessee. >> couric: turning to libya now, moammar qaddafi's forces continued to gain ground and had rebels on the run today. the u.s. intelligence chief james clapper told congress today that qaddafi has the firepower to win the fight.
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meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton said she will meet with libyan opposition leaders next week when she visits neighboring egypt and tunisia. and france today became the first major power to officially recognize the rebels' governing council. tonight qaddafi forces control most of western libya, including tripoli. battles continue, though, in zawiyah, just outside the capital. rebels have the upper hand in the east, but today they were driven out of ras lanuf after several days of attacks from the air, qaddafi's ground forces moved in. and cbs news correspondent mandy clark was in the thick of it. ( gunshots ) >> reporter: this is the moment the rebel position in ras lanuf collapsed. ( explosion ) with shells crashing down all around them, the fighters run into their vehicles and head out of town. ( gunshots )
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we had just a few minutes to join them or be left behind. >> we're good. we're good. >> reporter: some of the men don't get all the way into their trucks before they start speeding down the road towards safer territory. earlier in the day, this had been the first sign that the tide was turning in ras lanuf-- a line of ambulances outside of town, doctors anxiously talking on cell phones. they told us that government forces had shelled their hospital. ( cheers ) >> reporter: further down the coast, we had already driven into this scene near the oil terminal in al pregnant with al brega. ( cheers ) the immediate aftermath of another bombing. just ten minutes ago this position was hit by a bombing run and the soldiers here who are on the side of the rebels believe they were the target. the rebels are anxious to show us the huge crater. there were no casualties, but
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their close call has them worked up. "we want a war face to face" this man screams. but this is not a war being fought face to face, and that's a problem for the rebels. government forces have heavy weapons to bomb them from a distance and today that advantage was enough to move the front line one town further east. mandy clark, cbs news, ras lanuf >> couric: in tripoli, mark phillips spoke today with qaddafi's son saif, he vow it had government will soon retake all of livia. >> do you think you've broken the back of this rebellion? have you broken the back of this resistance? >> 100%. in fact, we are fighting less than one thousand, 800 people. >> reporter: that's the strength you estimate? >> this is the whole strength and power of the militia. >> reporter: you say there's no scope to talk anymore? you're just going to... >> enough. enough is enough. enough is enough.
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for me personally, i have no mercy towards them. >> reporter: you're just going to squash them? >> of course. come on, of course. >> couric: saif qaddafi said the regime will win even if western powers intervene. meanwhile, back in this country, a major rainstorm is soaking the northeast tonight. as much as three inches is expected in some places by tomorrow. and the big worry is flooding. this same system already hit the deep south where elaine quijano shows us the real danger came from tornadoes. >> reporter: at alexander hardware store outside mobile, alabama, today, workers began the cleanup after a tornado ripped through the town of theodore wednesday. multiple security cameras were taping as owners margaret and tony alexander looked on in disbelief. as the lights flickered they saw the twister right outside their front door. they and their three employees scrambled for cover. then moments later, chaos as the
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tornado barreled through with 120 miles an hour winds, the roof collapsed and merchandise flew through the air. in another part of the store, an employee dove underneath the lawn mower he was fixing. it incredibly it was all over in 20 second and no one was seriously hurt. >> i don't know how else to explain it. it was fast. but everything was shaking and stuff was flying everywhere. >> reporter: the system that hit alabama stretched across the deep south and is now pounding the northeast and mid-atlantic. earlier this week, the storm toppled this house into a river in piketon, ohio. there are flood advisories in at least 27 states and forecasters say the flooding could be more severe than in past years. >> you've got the snow melt that we would formally see, but we've got a tremendous amount of it so any rainfall we get is going to cause problems and in this case it's going to be heavy rainfall. >> reporter: residents like gisele bositis along the passaic river in new jersey are bracing as much as three inches of rain. >> you don't know what's going to happen, how fast it's going to come up. it's unpredictable.
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>> reporter: the passaic river has already crested here once this week and forecasters predict it will reach major flood stage on saturday. katie? >> couric: elaine quijano. elaine, thank you. now to the storm of protests in a number of state capitals. police estimate 8,000 people a took to the streets of indianapolis to protest what they see as republican attempts to reduce worker rights. and in madison, wisconsin, cynthia bowers reports, the state legislature has voted to do just that. >> shame! shame! >> reporter: after three weeks of relative restraint, passions ran over today. >> shame! >> reporter: protestors and police shoved each other outside the capital. while inside, authorities forcibly removed demonstrators and locked out the media and even some lawmakers. >> we have members who have been denied the right to enter the building. >> reporter: the flash point was a vote inside the state's
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assembly after the governor and senate republicans used a surprise maneuver yesterday to reduce the union rights of most public workers and force them to pay more for their pensions and health benefits. inside the assembly today, the debate was fierce as democrats fought against an inevitable loss. >> democracy is ceasing to exist in the state of wisconsin. >> reporter: you can hear protestors' reaction to the bill's passage of the assembly. they may question its legitimacy, but once the governor signs it, it will be law. senate republicans did an end- run around 14 senate democrats who fled the state three weeks ago today. without the democrats, there were not enough members to pass this kind of bill which republicans said was crucial to the state's budget. but last night, republicans rewrote the bill, removing all mention of budgets. instead making it about labor rights and benefits. and that new bill passed 18-1. stunned democrats expressed outrage. >> so he's created this false crisis out there to promote this
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agenda that has nothing to do with anybody who lives in this state. >> reporter: the republican governor who's faced weeks of protest and falling poll numbers senses the end game is near. >> at some point the public wants us to move forward. we have a process that was passed in the senate last night that will allow us to move forward. >> reporter: democrats vow they'll fight this legislation in court, challenging the way republicans brought it to a vote which mean this battle could continue for months. katie? >> couric: cynthia bowers in madison, wisconsin, tonight. cynthia, thank you. still ahead on the "cbs evening news," a woman on a mission to identify teenagers with a potentially deadly heart condition. but up next, president obama once the victim of bullies. >> i have to say with big ears and the name i have that i wasn't immune. [ male announcer ] if you've been to the hospital
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scribbled in chalk. until you get to the one in magic marker. "mom misses you." >> i come in here everyday. i come in here a lot at night when i can't sleep. i smell her in here. >> reporter: three weeks ago, lisa laform's 17-year-old foster daughter brittney tongel hanged herself in this bedroom in trevorton, pennsylvania. >> and it was kids talking about her, making fun of her because she was a foster kid. "you don't have real parents." >> reporter: a favorite playmate of her three-year-old foster niece, brittney has not been able to rest in piece. here's what showed up online after she was dead. >> "i'm also a slut in hell." nasty, nasty things. "she's better off dead." >> reporter: wait, wait, wait... after she had taken her own life? >> right. >> yes. >> reporter: brittney's foster family blames the school for not doing enough. but school administrators here
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at this junior/senior high school says that brittney attended say every student has taken part in three anti- bullying programs since january. >> we can make all this curriculum, schools can develop all the curriculum in the world but at the end of the day they were never designed to replace parents. >> reporter: 45 states plus washington, d.c. have laws designed to combat bullying. hawaii, michigan, montana and the dakotas do not. >> some states may have a statute that prohibits bullying but doesn't define or enumerate the categories so it doesn't give clear signals to students, to parents, about who is protected. >> if there is one goal of this conference it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. >> reporter: today the white house attempted to intensify the focus on bullying. gathering victims, educators, even facebook executives to develop a message to bring back to their communities. >> that's what we need to do. we need to do that for brittney, so brittney has a voice. that she didn't die just to die.
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i don't want this to happen to another family. i don't. >> reporter: but the more likely question is not if bully willing happen again with such tragic consequences but how many more times. jim axelrod, cbs news, trevorton, pennsylvania.
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and echocardiogram-- revealed her heart was likely to stop, go into sudden cardiac arrest under stress, the same condition took the life of her father. >> he was a brave and courageous man. >> reporter: two cousins just 12 and 14. six family members in all. she turned her anguish into action. >> i gave up my career in equestrian show jumping to devote my energy and focus to saving lives. >> reporter: by founding heart felt. based in orange county and staffed with volunteers, her nonprofit offers $1,500 cardiac screenings for free or, if you're able, a nominal $85 donation. >> the screening is looking for conditions that can predispose to sudden death. >> reporter: like irregular beats or enlarged hearts. they've given 10,000 free screenings to young athletes. about a thousand have been sent on for further testing due to questionable results. 12-year-old snowboarder wyatt clavadetscher's mother made him
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come. t.v. and she said she didn't t.v. and she said she didn't >> she saw those kids die on t.v. and she said she didn't want that happen to me. >> reporter: jordan faison plays basketball, his father derrick played for the n.f.l., he died six years ago when his heart suddenly stopped. >> i just wanted to make sure nothing was wrong with my heart. >> reporter: how does jordan's heart look? >> it looks very strong to me. >> reporter: holly morrell wants everyone-- especially young athletes-- to be screened but an israeli study reports this week that 12 years of mandatory screening did not reduce the incidents of sudden death. >> i wish that screenings were mandatory. >> reporter: the myers family lost 14-year-old megan when her heart stopped as she ran cross country. >> a lot of times the first sign that you have something wrong is the last sign because you die. >> if it's your child, i don't think anyone would care what the statistics are. if it saves your child's life, it's priceless. >> reporter: when holly morrell learned of her condition she had a tiny defibrillator implanted
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to keep her heart beating. now she's on a mission that truly is heart felt. bill whitaker, cbs news, laguna beach, california. >> couric: and that's the "cbs evening news." i'm katie couric. good n but what made a teenager jump n gate bridge? you're watching cbs5 eyewitness news in high- definition. "this broadcast realtime captioned by becky lyon." >> rolling up the windows. looked like he was trying it make it. >> and make it he did. but what made a teenager jump from the golden gate bridge. the school field trip that people will be talking about for a long time. the water in one neighborhood is so bad tonight officials are warning people don't drink it. >> my skin is peeling in the palms of my hands. >> it is a cbs5 exclusive. >> i'm very upset about it. and could it be a victory for all of those passionate smart meter opponents. the plan to let you opt out.


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